A few days ago, my left breast started hurting immensely and the next day, I noticed that there was a swollen red patch around my nipple that has a hard lump in it. Also, the lymph nodes are swollen under both of my armpits. My right breast is perfectly fine. I’m only 18, but breast cancer runs high in my family. Is it possible that I could have it too. Well, I have your answer right here. Breast cancer very rarely runs in anyone’s family; only 5 – 10% of all breast cancer cases are hereditary. Breast cancer diagnosed after the age of 50 is even less likely to be hereditary. At 18 your chances of breast cancer are one in 1. 3 million. To put that in perspective, you are almost three times as likely to be struck by lightning ( a one in half a million chance). The chances of breast cancer in both breasts at once are very much smaller Breast pain and tenderness are very common; few women escape them. Pain is very, very rarely a sign of breast cancer; most people diagnosed with breast cancer have felt no pain at all. Where pain is a symptom, it’s because the cancer is advanced; in the beyond unlikely case of a 18 year old with breast cancer, it wouldn’t have had time to become advanced. Early breast cancer usually has no symptoms at all. Lymph nodes swell in response to infection; sometimes an infection you don’t even realiseyou have had
A narrated breast lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy procedure for breast cancer performed by Darrin Hansen, MD.